Key concept: Active Imagination

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Reference publications:

Dictionary definitions:

Chodorow, J. (2005). Active Imagination (Analytical Psychology). In A. de Mijolla (Ed.), International dictionary of psychoanalysis (pp. 14-15). Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference. Retrieved from https://www.gale.com

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Samuels, A., Shorter, B., & Plaut, F. (1986). Active imagination. In A critical dictionary of Jungian analysis (p. 9). London, England: Routledge.

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Sharp, D. (Ed.). (1991). Active imagination. In Jung lexicon: A primer of terms & concepts. http://www.cgjungpage.org/learn/jung-lexicon#active

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Quotes by Jung:

Jung, C. G. (2016). Creativity and the Imagination. In J. R. Harris & T. Woolfson (Eds.), The quotable Jung (pp. 226-246.). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

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Encyclopedic overview:

Schlamm, L. (2010). Active imagination. In D. A. Leeming, K. Madden, & S. Marlan (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion (pp. 6-8). Retrieved from https://www.gale.com

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Handbook:

Chodorow, J. (2006). Active imagination. In R. K. Papadopoulos (Ed.), The handbook of Jungian psychology: Theory, practice and applications (pp. 215-243). New York, NY: Routledge.

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Index to the Collected Works:

Forryan, B., & Glover, J. M. (1979). Active imagination [index term]. In H. Read et al. (Eds.), The collected works of C. G. Jung (Vol. 20). Retrieved from http://www.proquest.com.

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Jung on Active Imagination

Suggested readings adapted from Hopcke's (1999) A guided tour of the collected works of C. G. Jung, pp. 35-36.

To Begin:

Jung, C. G. (1969). The transcendent function (R. F. C. Hull, Trans.). In H. Read et al. (Eds.), The collected works of C. G. Jung (Vol. 8, 2nd ed., pp. 67-91). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. (Original work published 1958)

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Jung, C. G. (1976). The Tavistock lectures: On the theory and practice of analytical psychology (R. F. C. Hull, Trans.). In H. Read et al. (Eds.), The collected works of C. G. Jung (Vol. 18, pp. 1-182). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. (Original work published 1935)

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To Go Deeper:

Jung, C. G. (1968). A study in the process of individuation (R. F. C. Hull, Trans.). In H. Read et al. (Eds.), The collected works of C. G. Jung (Vol. 9 pt. 1, 2nd ed., pp. 290-354). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. (Original work published 1950)

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Jung, C. G. (1968). Individual dream symbolism in relation to alchemy (R. F. C. Hull, Trans.). In H. Read et al. (Eds.), The collected works of C. G. Jung (Vol. 12, 2nd ed., pp. 39-224). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. (Original work published 1936)

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Related Works:

Jung, C. G. (1961). The theory of psychoanalysis (R. F. C. Hull, Trans.). In H. Read et al. (Eds.), The collected works of C. G. Jung (Vol. 4, pp. 83-226). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. (Original work published 1955)

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— See especially chapter 9, I, "Therapeutic principles of psychoanalysis," pp. 181-203.

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Journal articles:

Frantz, G. (2016). Active imagination and mysticism. Psychological Perspectives, 59(3), 291–292.

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Hannah, B. (1953). Some Remarks on Active Imagination. Spring, 1953, 38–58.

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Hull, R. F. C. (1971). Bibliographical notes on active imagination in the works of CG Jung. Spring, 1971, 115–120.

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Humbert, E. G. (1971). Active imagination: Theory and practice. Spring, 1971, 101–114.

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Jordan, M. (2015). Active imagination: A passport to the soul. Psychological Perspectives, 58(2), 210–230.

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Kast, V. (2014). Complexes and imagination. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 59(5), 680–694. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-5922.12113

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Keller, T. (1982). Beginnings of active imagination: Analysis with C. G. Jung and Toni Wolff, 1915-1928. Spring, 1982, 279–294.

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Literski, N. S. (2018). Engaging the Paleolithic Images of Chauvet Cave. Psychological Perspectives, 61(3), 361–374. https://doi.org/10.1080/00332925.2018.1495921

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Raff, J. (2019). The alchemy of imagination. Psychological Perspectives, 62(2–3), 276–284. https://doi.org/10.1080/00332925.2019.1626669

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Schaverien, J. (2005). Art, dreams and active imagination: A post-Jungian approach to transference and the image. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 50(2), 127–153. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0021-8774.2005.00519.x

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Stephens, S. (2016). Active imagination and the dead. International Journal of Jungian Studies, 8(1), 46–59. https://doi.org/10.1080/19409052.2015.1111842

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Taveras, M. (2015). A Jungian Aesthetic: Art, Active Imagination, and the Creative Process. Quadrant, 45(2), 23–36.

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von Franz, M.-L. (1976/2016). Confrontation with the collective unconscious. Psychological Perspectives, 59(3), 295–318. (2016-44047-003).

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Books and book chapters:

Cambray, J., & Carter, L. (2004). Analytic methods revisited. In J. Cambray & L. Carter (Eds.), Analytical psychology: Contemporary perspectives in Jungian analysis. (pp. 116–148). New York, NY: Routledge.

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Dallet, J. (1992). Active imagination in practice. In R. K. Papadopoulos (Ed.), Carl Gustav Jung: Critical assessments: Vol. 3: Psychopathology and psychotherapy (pp. 235-254). New York, NY: Routledge.

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Dougherty, M. (2010). On making and making use of images in analysis. In M. Stein (Ed.), Jungian psychoanalysis: Working in the spirit of C. G. Jung. (pp. 134–140). Chicago, IL: Open Court.

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Fordham, M. (1990). Amplification and active imagination. In Jungian Psychotherapy: A study in analytical psychology. (pp. 35–42). London, England: Routledge. (Original work published 1978)

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Franz, M.-L. (1997). Alchemical active imagination. Boston, MA: Shambhala.

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Hannah, B. (1981). Encounters with the soul: Active imagination as developed by C.G. Jung. Santa Monica, CA: Sigo Press.

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Johnson, R. A. (1986). Inner work: Using dreams and active imagination for personal growth. San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row.

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Jung, C. G. (1997). Jung on active imagination (J. Chodorow, Ed.). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

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Kast, V. (1993). Imagination as space of freedom: Dialogue between the ego and the unconscious A. Hollo, Trans.). New York, NY: Fromm.

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Marjula, A. (1900). The healing influence of active imagination in a specific case of neurosis: A human document. Zürich: Schippert.

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Matthews, R. S., & Liu, C. H. (2008). Education and imagination: A synthesis of Jung and Vygotsky. In R. A. Jones, A. Clarkson, S. Congram, & N. Stratton (Eds.), Education and imagination: Post-Jungian perspectives. (pp. 15–37). New York, NY: Routledge.

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Merkur, D. (1993). Gnosis: An esoteric tradition of mystical visions and unions. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

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Miller, B. H. (2014). The loss and gain of timing: Active imagination in performance. In C. E. Stephenson (Ed.), Jung and Moreno: Essays on the theatre of human nature. (pp. 147–161). New York, NY: Routledge.

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Rowland, S. (2019). Jung, Reading, Writing: Signs, Symbols, Close Reading as Active Imagination, Alchemy. In Jungian literary criticism: The essential guide (pp. 31–56). New York, NY: Routledge.

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Salman, S. (2010). Peregrinations of active imagination: The elusive quintessence in the postmodern labyrinth. In M. Stein (Ed.), Jungian psychoanalysis: Working in the spirit of C. G. Jung. (pp. 118–133). Chicago, IL: Open Court Publishing Co.

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Weaver, R. (1964/1991) The Old Wise Woman: A Study of Active Imagination. Boston, MA: Shambhala.

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